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The Yellow Guide - Classical Music

Release Date: 03/17/1998 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 457440   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric HandelRichard WagnerCamille Saint-SaënsModest Mussorgsky,   ... 
Performer:  Reinhild RunkelMarita NapierMarilyn MimsLinda Kelm,   ... 
Conductor:  Trevor PinnockJames LevineSemyon BychkovCarlo Maria Giulini,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English ConcertEnglish Concert ChoirMetropolitan Opera Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 3 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set includes a 144-page booklet with composer biographies, glossary and listener's guide. It also includes both ADD and DDD recordings.
Bravo to Deutsche Grammophon for creating such a high quality box set compilation. Almost a music appreciation course in itself, the three CDs come with one hundred biographies of composers, a musical terms glossary and a short listening guide. But what really makes THE YELLOW GUIDE so remarkable is that each selection--mostly complete movements or songs--is performed by musicians of the highest caliber. Shlomo Mintz, Herbert von Karajan, Orpheus, Marta Argerich, James Levine and many others are the signature artists for DG, and they are what make it sound so good.
The composer biographies,
Read more while short, are well written. Each composer is given a page of the booklet, and paired with the entry is a DG album jacket photo featuring a work by that composer. The biographies are quite comprehensive, including composers such as Corelli, Rodrigo, Lutoslawski, Ockeghem and Villa-Lobos, yet the CDs contain more of the standard repertoire of classics. While every single performance in THE YELLOW GUIDE is excellent, it would have been nice to include a few pieces by some of these lesser known composers. However, for a compilation of classical music from all eras, this is about the best you will find. Read less

Works on This Recording

Messiah, HWV 56: Hallelujah! by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Trevor Pinnock
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Concert,  English Concert Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: English 
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Reinhild Runkel (Mezzo Soprano), Marita Napier (Soprano), Marilyn Mims (Soprano),
Linda Kelm (Soprano), Anne Wilkens (Mezzo Soprano), Diane Kesling (Alto),
Ruthild Engert (Mezzo Soprano), Meredith Parsons (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: German 
Carnival of the animals: no 13, The swan by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Mischa Maisky (Cello)
Conductor:  Semyon Bychkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de Paris
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1886; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Pictures at an exhibition: no 16, The Great Gate of Kiev by Modest Mussorgsky
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel 
Symphony no 9 in E minor, Op. 95/B 178 "From the New World": 2nd movement, Largo - Excerpt(s) by Antonín Dvorák
Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; USA 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Peer Gynt, Op. 23: no 7, In the hall of the mountain king by Edvard Grieg
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1875/1892; Norway 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Madama Butterfly: Un bel dě vedremo by Giacomo Puccini
Performer:  Mirella Freni (Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904; Italy 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30: Introduction by Richard Strauss
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895-1896; Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Etudes (12) for Piano, Op. 25: no 6 in G sharp minor by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Ivo Pogorelich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832-1836; Paris, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Missa "Papae Marcelli": Kyrie by Giovanni Palestrina
Conductor:  Simon Preston
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Westminster Abbey Choir
Period: Renaissance 
Written: by 1567; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Concerto for Violin: 1st movement by Philip Glass
Performer:  Gidon Kremer (Violin)
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1987; USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 36 Secs. 
L'Orfeo: In questo lieto e fortunato giorno by Claudio Monteverdi
Performer:  Nancy Argenta (Soprano), Mark Tucker (Tenor)
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Baroque Soloists,  Monteverdi Choir
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1607; Mantua, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Quartet for Strings in C major, Op. 76 no 3/H 3 no 77 "Emperor": 2nd movement, Poco adagio cantabile by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Martin Lovett (Cello), Peter Schidlof (Viola), Siegmund Nissel (Violin),
Norbert Barinin (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Requiem in D minor, K 626: Lacrymosa by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67: 1st movement, Allegro con brio by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Caprices (24) for Violin solo, Op. 1: no 24 in A minor by Niccolň Paganini
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1805; Italy 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout": 4th movement, Variations by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Martin Lovett (Cello), Emil Gilels (Piano), Norbert Brainin (Violin),
Rainer Zepperitz (Double Bass), Peter Schidlof (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14: 2nd movement, Scene at the Ball by Hector Berlioz
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61: Wedding March by Felix Mendelssohn
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Kinderszenen, Op. 15: no 7, Träumerei by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Hungarian Rhapsodies (19) for Piano, S 244: no 6 in D flat major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Martha Argerich (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1885; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Nabucco: Va, pensiero by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Overture by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1866 
Length: 6 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Symphony no 3 in F major, Op. 90: 3rd movement, Poco allegretto by Johannes Brahms
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1883; Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Carmen: L'amour est un oiseau rebelle "Habańera" by Georges Bizet
Performer:  Teresa Berganza (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers
Written: 1873-1874 
Length: 4 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: Composition written: France (1873 - 1874). 
Symphony no 5 in E minor, Op. 64: 3rd movement, Waltz by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Mikhail Pletnev
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Russia 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Symphony no 5 in C sharp minor: 4th movement, Adagietto by Gustav Mahler
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1901-1902; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 11 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Préludes, Book 2: no 12, Feux d'artifice by Claude Debussy
Performer:  Krystian Zimerman (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Kuolema: Valse triste, Op. 44 no 1 by Jean Sibelius
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1903-1904; Finland 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Gymnopédies (3) for Piano: no 1, Lent et douloureux by Erik Satie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1888; France 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op. 43: Variation 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Tamás Vásáry (Piano)
Conductor:  Yuri Ahronovitch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1934; USA 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Pavane pour une infante défunte by Maurice Ravel
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1899; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Notes: Orchestrated: Maurice Ravel (1910) 
Concerto for Orchestra, Sz 116: 2nd movement, Giuoco delle coppie by Béla Bartók
Conductor:  Pierre Boulez
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Firebird Suite: Danse infernale by Igor Stravinsky
Conductor:  Myung-Whun Chung
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bastille Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909-1910; Russia 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Lulu-Suite: Lied der Lulu by Alban Berg
Performer:  Margaret Price (Soprano)
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64: Act 1 - Dance of the Knights by Sergei Prokofiev
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1935-1936; Paris, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Cuban Overture by George Gershwin
Conductor:  James Levine
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; USA 
Length: 9 Minutes 49 Secs. 
An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 11 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Guillaume Tell: Overture - Excerpt(s) by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Concerto for Violin in F minor, Op. 8 no 4/RV 297 "L'inverno": 3rd movement, Allegro by Antonio Vivaldi
Performer:  Gil Shaham (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Venice, Italy 
Length: 3 Minutes 24 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Missa Papae Marcelli: Kyrie
L'Orfeo / Act 1: "In questo lieto e fortunato giorno" - "Vieni, Imeneo" - "Muse, onor di Parnasso"
Concerto for Violin and Strings in F minor, Op.8, No.4, R.297 "L'inverno": 1. Allegro non molto
Messiah / Part 2: "Hallelujah"
Suite No.3 In D, BWV 1068: 2. Air
String Quartet in C, H.lll, Op.76, No.3 - "Emperor": 2. Poco adagio, cantabile
Requiem In D Minor, K.626 - Compl. By Franz Xaver Süssmayer: 3. Sequentia: Lacrimosa
Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67: 1. Allegro con brio
24 Caprices for Violin, Op.1: No. 24 in A minor
William Tell: Overture
Pictures At An Exhibition - Orchestrated By Maurice Ravel: The Great Gate Of Kiev
Piano Quintet In A, D.667 - "The Trout": 4. Thema - Andantino - Variazioni I-V - Allegretto
Symphony No.5 In E Minor, Op.64: 3. Valse (Allegro moderato)
Symphonie fantastique, Op.14: 2. Un bal (Valse: Allegro non troppo)
Symphony No.9 in E minor, Op.95 "From the New World": 2. Largo (Excerpt)
A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61 Incidental Music: No.9 Wedding March
Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46: 4. In The Hall Of The Mountain King
12 Etudes, Op.25: No. 6 in G sharp minor
Kinderszenen, Op.15: 7. Träumerei
Hungarian Rhapsody No.6 In D Flat, S.244
Die Walküre - Erster Tag des Bühnenfestspiels "Der Ring des Nibelungen" / Dritter Aufzug: Szene 1: "Hojotoho! Heiaha!"
Nabucco / Act 3: Coro: Introduzione - "Va pensiero, sull'ali dorate"
The Bartered Bride: Overture
Te Deum for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra: 1. Te Deum laudamus
An der schönen blauen Donau, Op.314
Symphony No.3 In F, Op.90: 3. Poco allegretto
Le Carnaval des Animaux: Le cygne
Carmen / Act 1: "L'amour est un oiseau rebelle" (Havanaise)

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